About

The Challenge

COVID-19 is having a drastic impact on education across our state. Students have lost learning time and are falling behind. Families are juggling work, school, and childcare. Teachers are struggling to keep students engaged. All of this makes it harder for students to learn and thrive.

North Carolina Education Corps (NCEC) is a response to the impact COVID-19 is having on schools, as students struggle to keep up with learning.

Our Response

North Carolina Education Corps partners with local public school units (PSUs) to recruit, train, and support corps members to support students and accelerate learning.

Corps members are employed by schools to work part-time as high-impact literacy tutors grounded in the science of reading and reading instruction. Corps members assist K-3 students with building their phonological awareness and phonics skills — foundational skills for learning how to read.

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Corps members and school administrators benefit from a common recruitment and application process, training, and ongoing support provided by NCEC.

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PAID TRAINING

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WORK PART-TIME

Whole Child focus

SERVE STUDENTS

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EARLY LITERACY

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Our Partners

The North Carolina State Board of Education and Office of the Governor, in partnership with former state superintendent Mike Ward and local school districts, launched the North Carolina Education Corps to accelerate learning recovery. The Mebane Foundation, C.D. Spangler Foundation, SECU Foundation, and Goodnight Educational Foundation provided essential early investments to ensure the success of this critical effort.

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And participating North Carolina public schools.

OUR MISSION
Eliminate barriers to opportunity by providing high-quality whole child and academic support to public school students in North Carolina.

Board of Advisors and Board of Directors

Launched in September 2020, North Carolina Education Corps is now an independent nonprofit. Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Ward serves as the chair of the bipartisan Board of Directors. Our Board of Advisors continues to guide our work. 

  • Governor Jim Hunt, Honorary Co-Chair
  • Governor Jim Martin, Honorary Co-Chair
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  • Johanna Anderson
  • Susanna Cerrato
  • Rep. Ashton Clemmons
  • Geoff Coltrane*
  • Wendell Hall**
  • Peter Hans
  • Tyronna Hooker
  • Craig Horn*
  • Anthony Jackson*
  • Susan Jamison*
  • Phil Kirk
  • Sen. Michael Lee
  • MariaRosa Rangel*
  • Munro Richardson
  • Lee Roberts
  • Thomas Stith
  • Catherine Truitt*
  • Mike Ward*
  • Hope Williams

*Denotes individuals who also serve on the Board of Directors
** Denotes North Carolina State Board of Education liaisons to the Board of Advisors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Ward — former North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mike Ward

Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Catherine Truitt — North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Catherine Truitt

North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. MariaRosa Rangel — Director of Family and Community Engagement, Wake County Public School System

Dr. MariaRosa Rangel

Director of Family and Community Engagement, Wake County Public School System

Susan Jamison — Founder/Owner, Wealth Matters LLC

Susan Jamison

Founder/Owner, Wealth Matters LLC

Dr. Anthony Jackson — Superintendent, Chatham County Schools

Dr. Anthony Jackson

Superintendent, Chatham County Schools

D. Craig Horn

D. Craig Horn

Representative, North Carolina General Assembly, Retired; Mayor, Town of Weddington, NC

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Geoff Coltrane

Senior Education Officer, NC Governor’s Office

Our Leadership Team

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John-Paul Smith

Executive Director

Jacqueline Chiras

Jacqueline Chiras

Director of Finance & Operations

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Marlow Artis

Director of School Partnerships

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Pam Hartley

Director of School Partnerships

Melissa

Melissa Werner

Director of Recruitment

Shani

Shanitah Young

Director of Corps Member Experience & Training

PARTNER with NC education corps

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PLANNING

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RECRUITING

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TUTORING